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Three Things That Could Be Causing Your Garage Door Problems

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If your garage door seems to be having trouble, you might want to call a professional right away to see what has gone wrong. However, there are some minor problems you might be able to deal with yourself. Before you call an expert, here are some things for you to investigate first.

The Remote Control

Sometimes, when there is a problem, the solution is much simpler than you think. If your garage door is not opening or closing properly, it is a possibility that the door itself is not a problem. It might be that the remote control you use to operate the door could be making it seem like something is wrong.

To find out if the remote is causing trouble, first make sure your batteries are charged and replaced every few months. You should also keep an eye on the battery compartment to see if the older batteries could have been corroded and leaked into the compartment. If so, you may need to replace the entire device.

You also need to look at the device itself. If it has cracks or has been stepped on or rolled on, there might be internal damage that may cause the entire device to need replacement.

Blocked Sensors

Small sensors are located on either side of the garage door to stop door movement if something is underneath the door. The sensors have an infrared beam of light between them. If the sensors are not aligned properly, there is no light beam and the door will not close.

If you notice your door is not closing, check to see if the sensors are aligned. Move leaves, toys and other clutter out of the way so the sensors remain unblocked.

Loose Screws and Metal Brackets

When your garage door makes strange noises, it is easy to think that something major is wrong with it. However, strange sounds are sometimes the fault of loose screws or brackets. To check if this is your problem, look at the door track and use a screwdriver to tighten brackets and screws that seem loose. Your door might then operate silently.

Use the information in this article to help you figure out what could be causing problems with your garage door. If you cannot resolve the problem on your own, get in touch with a garage door repair contractor such as America's Garage Doors LLC who can determine what the problem is and fix it right away.